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Agrimarketing : July August 2008
8 AgriMarketing ¦ July/August 2008 ASTA CELEBRATES 125 YEARS The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) cele- brated its 125th anniver- sary at its annual conven- tion in Orlando, FL. Here, the crowd attending its Gala Banquet gives the associa- tion a rousing cheer at the ceremony commemorating the event and the election of its new officers and board members. (Inset) Bud Hughes, Verdant Partners, presented the first speech at the opening general session on the past and future of the association and the industry. He also announced the formation of the “First the Seed Founda- tion” which will provide education and outreach about the seed industry. The foundation’s highest priority is providing education materials to grade school students. Hughes is the first Prest of the Foundation. For more information, go to: www.amseed.org 4-H’S NEW SCIENCE PROGRAM The National 4-H Council announced the new “National Youth Science Day,“ to increase math and science educa- tion at all levels. Joining 4-Hers from around the country at the pro- gram’s launch were (back row) Ed Lewis, Nat’ l Mgr, Strategic Comms and Media Relations, Toyota, the pro- gram’s lead sponsor; Sec’y of Agriculture Ed Schafer and Don Floyd , Pres/CEO, National 4-H Council. Scheduled to be held during National 4-H Week, it will feature a “National Science Experiment” — a designated science activity that will engage youth across the country. AGRIMARKETING’S WEEKLY WINNER Julie Groce , Comms Mgr for Novartis Animal Health , Greensboro, NC, was the winner of the Grand Prize in the AgriMarket- ing Weekly contest. AgriMarket- ing Publisher Lynn Henderson presents Groce the prize — a one-week cruise on the Caribbean on MSC Cruise Lines (www.mcscruises.com). Successful Farming sponsored the contest. Her name was selected at random from over 2,600 entries in the contest’s drawing. Each participant sub- mitting a correct answer was entered into the contest’s pool for the drawing. AM FARM SHOW COUNCIL MEETS The North American Farm Show Council held its annual meeting this spring in Louisville, KY. Gathered are its officers (followed by their organiza- tion), including (l to r): Doug Wagner, 2nd VP, Canada’s Outdoor Show ; Curt Kleoppel, 1st VP, Western Farm Show ; Scott Grigor, Past-Pres, New York Farm Show; Dennis Alford , NAFSC incoming 2nd VP, Power Show Ohio ; Craig Fendrick, Exec Coordinator/Sec’y-Treasurer, Farm Science Review , and Patrick Kennedy, Pres, Agri- Trade Farm Equipment Expo . The Council is composed of farm show managers and provides educational and cross-sharing opportunities for them. Topics discussed at this year’s meeting included helping exhibitors succeed, GPS tracking of attendees, on-line registrations and presentations from successful foreign shows.
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